October 12, 2014

Fall 2014 Collection: Meet Rhiannon!

regular hem, plain sleeve finish
Art Gallery Winged cotton voile featured

The last design in the fall collection is the Rhiannon shirt. Yes, I named this after the famous Fleetwood Mac song! This shirt is SO EASY to make! With only three main pattern pieces and a folded front facing, it stitches up so fast you will need more than one. Inspired by an expensive shirt that I saw in a catalog, I immediately thought to myself, "There's nothing to this design! I can get that whipped up in no time!" So that's what I did.

It has raglan sleeves, a very relaxed neckline that you customize to fit you, options for the length, and a simple elastic casing at the sleeve. You can opt to embroider the neckline as I have shown in one of the variations. I did not include any embroidery designs with the pattern as I made up what I did based on the contrasting fabric that is sewn to the bottom of the shirt. You could easily do the same or even use some machine embroidery on the design to make it fast and easy.

I like the look of the shirt either tucked in or belted, but feel free to wear it however you like. I think it is great with leggings as a tunic or with a cute pair of jeans. Let your imagination run wild!

Recommended fabrics for this design are: cotton lawn or voile, rayon, lightweight eyelet, or silk. I do not recommend regular quilting cotton for this design as it needs more drape. If you find a really silky cotton (like what Art Gallery offers), then it would probably work well.

The stock for this pattern will be here NEXT WEEK (week of Oct. 13), so we'll be busy getting the new designs listed on the website for your ordering convenience.

Here are the variations for the shirt along with fabric information.

Regular hem with ruffle added to lower edge, regular sleeve finish
Art Gallery Emmy Grace by Bari J. cotton voile featured
shirttail variation with tiny ruffled edge, regular sleeve finish
Liberty of London cotton lawn fabric featured
regular length with wide lace trim added, regular sleeve finish
lightweight eyelet fabric featured
regular length, folded ruffle option on sleeve
Westminster Amy Butler's Alchemy rayon fabric featured
regular length with contrasting ruffle added, regular sleeve finish, with hand embroidery embellishment at the neckline
Westminster solid cotton voile with Art Gallery Indelible cotton voile contrast
Happy Sewing!